PITTSBURGH (AP) — James McDonald allowed two runs in six effective innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Saturday night.
Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison each had two hits and a scored a run against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Garrett Jones had an RBI double among his two hits for Pittsburgh, which had lost its previous two.
Baseball’s leading hitter, Jose Reyes had two hits and Ruben Tejada and Carlos Beltran each also had two hits for the Mets. New York lost for the second time in seven games.
Drawn partly by a postgame fireworks show and Huey Lewis concert, the Pirates drew 39,273, their fourth sellout of the season and third-largest crowd in PNC Park’s 11-year history.
McDonald (4-4) allowed eight hits and three walks. Tim Wood pitched a scoreless seventh, Jose Veras struck out Ronny Paulino looking with runners on second and third to end the eighth and Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in as many opportunities.
The runs that proved the difference came in the third on a two-out hit by McCutchen with Tabata at second and Harrison at first. McCutchen was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts against Dickey May 31, and he grounded back to him into a double play in the first inning Saturday.
But his sharp groudner to third bounced and deflected off of Daniel Murphy’s glove. Murphy attempted to backhand the ball, and it slowly trickled into left, easily allowing Tabata and Harrison to score.
Dickey (3-7) had his fifth consecutive effective outing, pitching a complete game. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in eight innings.
The Mets’s slumping outfielder Jason Bay was back in the lineup against his former team after manager Terry Collins gave him two days off to get away from the game and work on his swing.
Bay went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. He singled to center in the fourth, his first hit in 25 at-bats. With a runner on and one out in the eighth, he hit a hard line drive to center – right at McCutchen.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tejada scored on Murphy fielder’s choice.
Pittsburgh tied it in the second on Jones’ double into the deepest part of the ballpark, left-center – the Pirates’ first extra-base hit in 21 innings.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but Dickey grounded softly in a double play.
In the eighth, Lucas Duda doubled into the right field corner with Angel Pagan on first. But Pagan was held at third. Paulino followed by striking out.
NOTES: A fan favorite here but part of teams that all finished last or second-to-last, Bay received mostly cheers – but some boos – during his first plate appearance at PNC Park since being traded in 2008. … Reyes, who turned 28 Saturday, leads the majors in hits.